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Five-step plan for Jones

Ryan Jones has identified five steps to success for Wales in Paris on Saturday - belief, discipline, grit, confidence and determination.

Wales displayed all those qualities in abundance six years ago, claiming the pivotal victory of their Grand Slam campaign by winning at the Stade de France.

Jones vividly recalls the game, which went Wales' way courtesy of two Martyn Williams tries and 14 points from fly-half Stephen Jones, saying: "It was a victory built on guts, courage and determination. I think it will require something similar this weekend. We are going to have to be on the edge, it's as simple as that. We are going to need to push everything to the limit."

The former Wales captain and prop Adam Jones are likely to be the sole survivors from that 2005 starting line-up when coach Warren Gatland names his team on Thursday.

Reminiscing about their victory in Paris, Jones added: "I remember Nugget (Williams) scoring in the corner and thinking to myself 'what the hell are you doing?' as he tapped the ball and went for the line!

"Then there was just the emotion after the game, having pulled off one of those victories that people talk about and remember for a long, long time.

"It was a fantastic result, and it was the manner in which it was done as much as anything. It was almost two very different games of rugby in one.

"We were under the cosh big time in the first half. I remember coming in at half-time and thinking we were really up against it. I was thinking we would be lucky to end up within shouting distance.

"But that's sport, really. That is why all these people turn up to watch."


From Belfast Telegraph